What to expect at the Conyers Great Bull Run

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CONYERS, Ga. -- This weekend, Conyers will host its own version of Spain's famous Running of the Bulls.

Thursday, the State Agriculture Department granted the event its final needed permits.

Hundreds of people are expected to attend the Great Bull Run at Georgia International Horse Park.

Have questions about what to expect? Get answers here.

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Rob Dickens, COO and co-founder of the Great Bull Run, told 11Alive News Wednesday morning that his organization does not abuse its animals.

"We can say 100 percent that no bulls were injured at our first event (in Virginia), and we do not torture, abuse or do anything cruel to the bulls," he said. "The bulls simply run from point A to point B, and they're monitored by veterinarians at all times."

Dickens said out of 4,000 runners at the first Great Bull Run, two were injured. One suffered a concussion, while the other experienced both a concussion and a broken hand.

"So 4,000 runners, two minor injuries -- that's a much less injury rate than you'd have at a high school football game," he said.

Dickens added that after the first event, some participants complained that there weren't enough injuries.

"People running wanted more injuries and more danger," he said. "That's what people sign up for. They want that real danger. If there wasn't real danger there, there'd be no reason to do it."

Great Bull Run participants must sign waivers in order to run.

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